10,000 say game on

GLASGOW’S 2014 Commonwealth Games look to be in safe hands thanks to 10,000 people stepping up to volunteer within the first day.

As a result, the target set by organisers of 15,000 looks well within reach.

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: “We have been delighted by the initial response to our call for volunteers.

“I am happy to say that the volunteering spirit is definitely alive and well, and we have had more than 10,000 people apply within the first 12 hours”.

Clarkston community councillor Kirsten Oswald is one of the many southsiders who are planning to take part.

She told The Extra: “I’m volunteering because I think the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our city.

“I’d love to be a part of that. I think it will be good fun (if hard work) and I’d love to act as an ambassador for Glasgow and Scotland”.

And 40-year-old civil servant Stephen Morrison, from Langside, cites his children as his main reason for volunteering.

He said: “My life has changed in every shape and way. Having lost 160lbs, I’m now passionate about sport and fitness and with two young boys in my life, I want to be a positive role model to them and my community.

“It’s a great opportunity to experience and get involved in a huge sporting event and contribute to its success.

“The Commonwealth Games are an opportunity to showcase Glasgow to the world and hopefully, in some way, address the belief that we are the sick man of Europe.

“By volunteering, I want to gain some valuable insight into event organisation and encourage my boys to keep active”.

Applicants have until the February 28 to lodge their application and seize their chance to be part of Glasgow’s first ever Commonwealth Games.

Around 25,000 applicants will be invited for a formal interview from April 2013. Anybody who would like to take part can register at www.glasgow2014.com/volunteer or by calling 030 3333 2014.

The search has been recognised in a Scottish Parliamentary motion lodged by west of Scotland MSP, Stewart Maxwell.

Mr Maxwell said: “I am delighted that my parliamentary motion highlighting this once in a life time opportunity has been supported across the chamber.

“Volunteers will be at the heart of the Commonwealth Games and the event will give us a unique opportunity to show the world the welcoming, friendly and hardworking nature of the people of Scotland.

Meanwhile, Holyrood’s health and sport committee fears a lack of volunteers and facilities after the games will threaten the sporting legacy.

As a result, the committee has requested sportsscotland co-ordinate an urgent audit of volunteers in sports clubs and groups throughout the country.